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CIOs And The Art Of IT Project Triage
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
Global CIO guest columnist Howard Anderson has chimed in with a classic piece of strategic advice for CIOs on surviving these brutal times via artful negotiation of political minefields. Howard counsels CIOs on how to deal with suits seeking "shared pain," Sacred Cows, Godfathers, and Mahogany Row, and says to consider your pool of projects "one large Dungeons & Dragons game."
Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Salesforce CEO Benioff Claims Huge Wins Over Oracle
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
UPDATE: Bob Evans has just posted a new column about Salesforce and Benioff's challenges and opportunities in squaring off against Oracle, Microsoft and SAP. Two months after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told financial analysts his company was whipping Salesforce in head-to-head competition for cloud deals, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hit back this week by releasing a list of customers h
Global CIO: IT Project Triage (And Why Skippy Must Die)
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Howard's rules for which projects to kill, which to preserve, and how to live to fight another day.
Obama's IT Protectionism Rattles Indian IT Industry
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
President Obama's plan to penalize U.S. companies that use outsourcers from India and other countries will hurt the U.S. economy, the Indian economy, and the global economy, according to officials from the Indian technology industry. While it's not exactly a shocker to hear India's $63 billion IT and BPO market express such reactions, they underscore the central issue of just how damaging such a policy would be.
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Supreme Court Rules For AT&T In Antitrust Case
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed AT&T was anti-competitive because it was charging high wholesale prices to ISPs while offering low-cost DSL to consumers.
Unified Communications: Don't Forget The Glitz
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Yes, we're in a recession, so now more than ever hard cash savings are the key reasons to adopt a unified communications strategy, and key to getting budget for it. Just don't forget that the gee-whiz features matter, too.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Down To Business: Does Business Ethics Make Business Sense?
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
The best companies define and enforce employee codes of ethics, but in the end reputations rise and fall one person at a time.
Stimulus Funds Will Go Toward New Data Center For Social Security Administration
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
With $1 billion in funding, the agency is set to build a data center and develop software to reduce a huge backlog of disability claims.
Facebook Opens Site Rules To User Voting
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.'s Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Yahoo's Mobile Leader Leaves
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Marco Boerries' departure comes as new CEO Carol Bartz announces a reorganization of Yahoo management.
FBI Raids Offices Of NASA Contractors
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
An affidavit suggests the contractors stole federal tax dollars through fraudulent contracts and laundered the money.
CIO Profiles: Laxman Kumar Badiga, CIO At Wipro Technologies
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Deliver business value and capitalize on opportunities for growth, he advises aspiring CIOs.
Obama's IT Protectionism: Just What Are 'Our Jobs,' Anyway?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
"We will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas," President Obama said last night. That begs the central question: In our massively interdependent business world where more and more products are designed, sourced, built, sold and serviced everywhere, how exactly do we define "our jobs"?
Stimulus Package Will Spur New Tech Jobs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Compared with other job sectors, the IT labor force has been holding up relatively well during the recession. And now there's an extra boost -- the government's economic stimulus programs should fuel demand for new tech talent in several key areas.
Coghead Failure Highlights Risks Of Cloud Computing
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Cloud computing is growing, with Google now monetizing its App Engine. But no matter what the vendor, customers should have a good emergency-exit strategy.
Honda Logistics Adds SaaS Link To Supply Chain
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
This success story highlights one of the reasons why CIOs in this rotten economy can't close their eyes to forward-looking innovation: a Honda warehousing unit says that a SaaS application from a small vendor called SmartTurn has exceeded all of its expectations and is leading to "a whole new change in how this type of business is done."
Global CIO: CIO As Chief Cost Cutter: It's Not Enough
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
When the upturn arrives, will your customers be satisfied with the capabilities your company had before it went into lockdown mode or will they be looking for growth strategies?
Google Joins Antitrust Case Against Microsoft
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The move could potentially force Microsoft to offer the option of using Google's Chrome browser at the installation of Windows.
'Celebrity Apprentice' Stars The Donald, A Playmate -- And Your Product?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The new season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" will feature a slew of celebs, such as Joan Rivers and Andrew Dice Clay, as well as product placement galore -- including one from midsize company LifeLock. Here are some tips on how to make your own product a TV star.
PCI And Schrodinger's Cat
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The inherent paradox of the Payment Card Industry's compliance program to protect credit card data makes PCI a futile exercise. Let's try something else.
IBM Tops India's Outsourcing Market
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Big Blue is outpacing domestic competition on the subcontinent.
Microsoft Offers Rare Look At Its Global Oil-Industry Plan
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Who knew Microsoft is pushing oil field-exploration and related energy initiatives in more than 70 countries? That it's helping Chevron deploy SOA and BI projects in the North Sea to extract more oil? And that Microsoft calls energy security the "über-challenge"? Here's a unique look inside this little-known side of Microsoft via video, text, and -- of course -- PowerPoint.
Microsoft Wants Chat With Yahoo About Search Deal
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
A partnership would make sense given Google's lead in search, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.
Microsoft Won't Build Its Own Smartphone
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said he'll continue to focus on selling the software that runs mobile devices and let Apple iPhone have its "mojo" in the consumer market.
VMware Adds To Data Center Operating System
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
Ballmer Says Microsoft Won't Ship Office 14 This Year
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Slow PC sales may have eased demand for a Web-based version of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint bundle.
DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again.
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
A lot of very smart people are working very hard to make the Internet trustworthy. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has launched a beta Interim Trust Anchor Repository so top-level domain owners can publish DNSSEC material while ICANN works out signing of the root zones. The ITAR is one more step in the road to DNSSEC. But DNSSEC is a technical solution and, like other technical solutions, ultimately misses
Jobs Not Expected At Apple Shareholders Meeting
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Jobs' absence from the Feb. 25 meeting is likely to highlight the importance of having a succession plan in place for the iconic CEO.
IBM Tops Indian Firms As Leading Outsourcer In India
Commentary  |  2/23/2009  | 
In the highly fragmented Indian market for IT services, IBM grabbed the biggest market share for the second straight year as Indian CIOs are requiring outsourcing partners to offer end-to-end services and deep domain expertise and are putting less emphasis on low prices.
Microsoft Will Not Seek Overpaid Severance
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Some of the 1,400 employees laid off by Microsoft last month received a letter asking for the return of money paid by mistake.
Microsoft Hopes To Train 2 Million In IT By 2012
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The company's Elevate America program will offer 1 million vouchers for online coursework that isn't currently free.
Symbian Gets $630 Million Boost
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
The European Investment Bank will provide Nokia with a loan to help make the Symbian-based smartphones more competitive.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Plans Major Reorganization
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
News reports indicate that the new structure will include more centralized oversight and mergers of groups with duplicative functions.
Sprint Gets Rating Downgrade
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
Fitch Ratings reduced the carrier's rating following a quarter in which Sprint lost 1.3 million subscribers and $1.6 billion.
Canonical's Vision For Ubuntu Getting 'Cloudy'
News  |  2/23/2009  | 
CEO Mark Shuttleworth shines a spotlight on Ubuntu's road map and promises open source cloud management features and tools in an energy-smart package.
This CIO Does Get Respect -- Maybe Even Too Much?
Commentary  |  2/22/2009  | 
A logistics and transportation company has just named a new CIO with hands-on industry experience as well as theoretical expertise from the academic world: certainly sounds like a good choice and worthy of that respect thing some CIOs are not getting these days. But in a press release, the new hire's boss says the incoming CIO "has driven hundreds of millions of dollars to the bottom line &
Vlog: Intel Core i7 Ushering In Era Of Ubiquitous Processing
Commentary  |  2/21/2009  | 
A confluence of events -- faster processors, 32-nm fab technology, and the ubiquity of computing power -- make this an incredibly exciting time in the chip industry. So I made a video about it. Click through to see my eight minute vlog, where I opine on these trends and also show Intel's new Core i7 processor, the X-25 solid-state drive (SSD) that's taking the PC storage market by storm, and one surprisingly large heat sink.
The Case For A U.S. Innovation Officer
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
A recent Business Week column hits on a theme -- the need for a federal position to champion innovation -- that tech leaders such as Sybase CEO John Chen raise in our own coverage of what the federal CTO's agenda should be.
Violent Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The 2005 law prohibited the sale of violent video games to anyone under 18 and imposed a fine of as much as $1,000.
Cox Hires Wireless Network Execs
News  |  2/20/2009  | 
The cable company will use its portion of the 700-MHz spectrum to provide mobile services like voice and programming DVRs on the go.
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